Via JWF and Gabe Malor, this is why Republicans pray that Barack Obama keeps Joe Biden on the ticket.  The Veep had a few things to say last night about the Republican Party and the middle class:

Biden told attendees that he is confident about Obama’s reelection because Republicans are being open about their intent to cut programs important to a large swatch of the electorate — the middle class.

“These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” he said. “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”

And where exactly was Joe Biden speaking?  At a local Perkins Restaurant?  Perhaps a nice Red Lobster or Olive Garden?  Not exactly:

Biden made the remarks at the Georgetown home of Senator John Kerry, where some 87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000 per couple to dine on char-grilled grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatoes beneath a tent basked in soft pink lighting.

Ah, yes.  Nothing quite says middle class like grass-fed beef and white truffle mashed potatoes at the home of a multimillionaire, while bathed in soft pink lighting and collecting $10,000 checks.  And who were the middle-class attendees who ponied up the big bucks?

Pool reporter Tracy Jan of The Boston Globe noted some high-profile guests at the fundraiser, including “Elizabeth Bagley, former ambassador to Portugal and attorney specializing in trade and international law; Matthew Barzun, former Ambassador to Sweden who Obama has tapped to be his 2012 campaign finance chairman; Steven Green, former ambassador to Singapore; Bob Barnett, a Washington attorney who’s worked on eight national presidential campaigns helping candidates prepare for debates; Tom McMillen, former Maryland congressman; and Jack Manning, co-founder of Boston Capital.”

But don’t worry — these folks know the middle class.  They hire them to clean up afterwards.

Update: I originally had the headline as $10K a plate, but it was $10K per couple.  I’ve changed the headline, and thanks to the commenters who caught the error.